Does health insurance impact whether a child will get emergency medical care? According to researchers who recently finished a study into the matter, if the child has a mental disorder then the answer is a resounding yes. The researchers reviewed 9,081 acute mental health emergency department (ED) visits. Based on a review of this data, the researchers found children without insurance were much more likely to get transferred compared to children who were covered by a private insurance policy.
A group of researchers, led by experts with Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, found three major disease categories are responsible for the majority of diagnostic errors. The group hopes that education about these categories will reduce the rate of diagnostic errors.
Government officials recently charged two women with health care fraud. The case is unique as the charges are the result of allegations connected to the women’s practice providing care for autistic children.
Although people go into medicine for more than just a job, those who choose the medical field often still need to navigate the particulars that come with employment. This can include employment contract negotiations. Once an employment contract is put into place, both parties to the contract expect the other to fulfill the agreed upon obligations. A failure to do so can result in a lawsuit.
Medicine and religion can come at odds. The current debate over vaccine exemptions for religious reasons is one current example. As measles outbreaks surge throughout the country, lawmakers and doctors are forced to consider the difficult balance between respecting an individual's religious liberties and the health of society.
Mistakes happen in any line of work. Radiologists run an increased risk due to the fact that there is often a paper trail that can work against them in the event a mistake results in serious injury. Those who practice this form of medicine are often reading scans and images, scans and images that become a part of the patient’s file. If the radiologist misses a tumor or other issue, the scan or image could serve as evidence in malpractice case.
Physicians who run a private practice must balance the demands of business with the needs of their patients. In an effort to help make everything come together, these medical professionals will likely delegate duties. They may hire administrative staff to operate the front desk and help keep records organized and may hire other medical staff to assist with patient needs.
Government regulations constantly push physicians to balance patient interest and privacy concerns. A failure to navigate this balance can result in allegations of privacy violations. These violations can come with a steep penalty. Fortunately for medical professionals, that penalty will soon change.
The federal government has cracked down on prescription violations. Agencies have investigated and mounted successful prosecutions against physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals who were allegedly in violation of laws that guide prescription practices.
A doctor in Texas took issue with the Texas Medical Board’s (TMB) decision to revoke his license to practice medicine. He sued the board and could potential see reinstatement in the near future.